Basketball Team Rosters
How many players are on a basketball team? The number of players on a basketball team is different for the NBA, college basketball, FIBA, and high school basketball.
REMEMBER: In basketball, only five players can be on the court playing in the game per team.
Basketball Active List
The active list in basketball, is a list of all players that are active on a team roster.
Basketball Inactive List
The inactive list in basketball, is a list of all players that are inactive on the team roster. The active list and inactive list change every game.
NBA Roster Size
In the NBA, teams have 15 players on their rosters. Only 12 or 13 players can be on the benches during an NBA game. There must be a minimum of eight players on each bench per team. There are five players on each team on the court.
NBA Hardship Exception
In the NBA, if a team has more than four players that are seriously injured, they can apply for a hardship exception to increase the roster size to 16 players.
The D-League is a developmental league for the NBA. Players that are demoted to the D-league from the NBA are placed on the inactive list.
College Basketball Roster Size
In college basketball, there are 15 players on the roster. Only 13 players can be on the bench during a college basketball game.